Currently I'm using:
Core 2 Duo E7200
Radeon HD 3850
3x 7200rpm HDD (1 for system, 1 for source/dest folder and 1 for scratch, later 2 are also storage)
Vista x64 Home Premium
I'll carry through the drives , so im looking at replacing the CPU, MB, RAM and GPU ( i do some gaming too, and it's then there if Kolor implement GPGPU). Graphics will probably be HD6850 but there's a couple of options in mind for the rest so i though id see if anyone had an opinion/insight.
i7 2600k with either
4x8GB, also requires upgrade to Win 7 Pro (~GBP750)
2x8GB and 120GB SSD (in which case, should it be used for system, source/dest or scratch) (~700)
Alternatively, push for the new 2011 socket, with the cheaper CPU and 4x4GB (~GBP850 and might need a new PSU for it too)
Extra cost of the 2011 grants better ram expansion in future (64 vs 32) but the cpu cost is disproportionate to the extra power, and so to stay in budget it's only 16GB w/o an SSD, is the trade off really worth it? If not then the question is if the SSD or the extra ram has better value in the mean time.
Anyway i could ramble on for ages so ill stop there and see if anyone has comment....
Last edited by wjh31 on Sat Nov 19, 2011 1:09 am, edited 1 time in total.